Catalogue Finding NumberSH:7/ML/E/10/0157
Office record is held atCalderdale, West Yorkshire Archive Service
TitleDiary page
Description[Diary Transcription]

Dr. Henry Stephen Belcombe hardly gone when Alden Kilby was announced — had taken the liberty of coming with the reverend
Randolph Mariott who was in great distress to solicit something from Mr. Duffin! said if one was to attend
to every such call…but indeed I found (I slank off) by giving a sovereign — called on Mrs. Anne and Miss Gage — out —
then sat about 20 minutes with Mrs. and Miss Yorke — might have sat longer but Captain and Mrs. Hincks came in — to go
to the Yorkes’ tomorrow evening — then went over the bridge with Mr. and Mrs. Duffin and returned to see Mr. Duffin and Miss Sophia Greenup mount
to take a ride! then out with Mrs. Duffin met the Miss Cromptons — to see them tomorrow — left my card for Mrs. Willey — and for Mrs. and the 2 Miss Bests, looked about
the improvements at in and about the minster — left my card for the Miss Salmonds, now Mrs. and Miss, and saw their greenhouse
then looked about near the Kearsleys they asked us in, and we sat a little while — the house the Salmonds lived in —
should have been taken down and the new deanery erected on the site, but Mrs. Kearsley would not give up her lease
of 7 years, only 1 of them expired now — the deanery is therefore close by, and the offices will in future
stand where the house should have stood — Then to the Henry Belcombes’ — above 1/2 hour there — Mrs. Henry Stephen Belcombe wants
me to go to her as soon as she has a spare bed — Mrs. Duffin observed afterwards, she fancied the 2 Mrs. Belcombes
did not always hit it well together — of course, I would neither know nor fancy so — Mrs. Belcombe still seeming
to wish to seem on the same terms as formerly with me — Took a good deal of notice of my little goddaughter — had her on
my knee some time — called at Fisher’s — not at home then sat some time with Mrs. Gilbert Crompton — made one or 2 shoppings, and got back at 5 20/60 —
dinner at 5 3/4 — wrote the ends and sent off (at 9 1/4 ) my letter (begun on Sunday) to my aunt [illegible] ‘Place neuve de la Madeleine, No. [Number] 2, Paris’ —
mention the following Horner has just lost his daughter — wait a few days — will tell him to send the teeth to Hammersley
to be forwarded — must stay till 1 August to execute the deed of sale of the land for the new church — Northgate let 8 years at
£84. George Robinson to have a building of 3 stories and 6 rooms Estimate £150 — shall be glad to be off for £200 — Filling up
the square of the Stag’s head house and building barn for Hopkin must wait — my father consents to turn the Cunnery
into a farm — Washington’s estimate £400 — should be glad to be off for £500 — To get water for the house at
Shibden from a fresh source — Cunnery plantation valued at £70 — replanting with oaks about £50 —
getting down the pit hill about £20, or upwards, that the value of the wood will hardly suffice — worst thing,
the road to branch off from Mitholm and go just behind or just in front of Lower brea into the new Northowram road —
all the coal pulled at willy-hill pit (on account of the turnpike bar set in Godley lane) by which we lose about
£30 an acre — all the roads thrown upon the towns — Southowram wants to lead stones down Pump lane, and also
down Bairstow — no preventing it — my father and Marian gone yesterday to Market Weighton on account of the sale there of some of
the canal shares — my father would have us come to England — ‘Climate appears to him a mere nothing’ we might do
very well at Shibden if we liked — I said the difficulties were greater than he imagined — He will sell the Hampstead
if he can get 7 or 6 hundred pounds for it — had thought of selling it without even letting us know, because (he said to
Marian) our hands were full enough already — said I would not give £600, and should be glad enough if he could get that
price; for the 1/4 of it would be very useful — Mark Hepworth ill — called on Mrs. Kenney and Mrs. Wilcock —
Mrs. Veitch delighted with her letter and the porte alumette — her rent for the house Eliza Raine had in Savile row £27 per annum
called at the vicarage — ‘he is pleasant and gentlemanly enough and she a quiet sort of person who has evidently seen very little
of the world’ — do not think quite like my father about the tithes — Mr. Eden’s money to be paid in October, and got at
4 3/4 percent from a trust — ‘She would like to buy the manor' of Market Weighton — thinks the duke of Devonshire may sell it, and his
property there in the course of some time — It seems they do not clear 'more than £50 a year' by the Skelfler Estate' —
Marian's illness was typhus fever and infectious so that all were obliged to drink port wine and live well to avoid it —
Thomas brought back my letter — Too late — Mr. Duffin and Miss Sophia Greenup gone to a small party at Mrs. Saltmarshe’s —
Mrs. Duffin and I had tea at 9 1/4, and afterwards sat talking — She says they have fifteen hundred a year but he seems
to give about three hundred a year to his family at his death a hundred a year to each of his two sisters and four

nieces for life and in default of issue to revert to his nephews and their issue and in default of
that to go to his godson and great nephew William Duffin Oxley absolutely and forever the two nephews
to have nothing during Mrs Duffin's life but at her death to share equally her jointure of seven hun
dred a year her own three two hundred and fifty settled upon her brother and his family and the thousand she got lately
she will give to Sophia Greenup — a drop or 2 of rain before breakfast — afterwards dullish, but fine day —

Thursday 8
12 20/60
wrote out Tuesday and the first 22 lines of yesterday — should have noted on Tuesday that in the evening Mrs. Duffin shewed me her
diamonds and poor Eliza Raine's watch which Lady Crawford left to Mr. Duffin and he wished her to wear, but she (Mrs. Duffin)_
would leave it to me at her death, as she considered all Eliza Raine’s things mine, now Lady Crawford was dead — I
immediately said I had the chain belonging to the watch that Eliza Raine had given me ages ago, and she (Mrs. Duffin) should
have it to wear with the watch — Thought I then they seem to think that if anything happens to
Eliza I have some chance for coming in for what she has but made no remark further than
that even if there was difficulty about the will in favour of Captain Alexander yet in the e
vent of his death it would be a lapsed legacy as left to him only not his heir — Down to
breakfast at 9 3/4 — went into the stable with Mrs. Duffin as yesterday — the Percivals of Acomb called at 12
not caring to see them, and having been on the point of going to the Cromptons', slank out, followed them
out of the barn, and walked to a little beyond the Kennels — then sat some time — Elizabeth Henrietta, and Caroline — saw Mr. Duffin
and Miss Sophia Greenup mount, and at 2 went out with Mrs. Duffin called at the Cromptons, and sat a few minutes —
They said quite a frlirtation [flirtation] between Joshua and me I said I really had not found it out
no said they he thought you the pleasantest woman he saw in Paris Ssaid I was flattered
joked said an English squire was better than a foreign count and I should come into possession
of six such sisters ...... called again on Norcliffe — out — met him in Little Blake street — called
on Mrs. Best — out — then sat some time with Mrs. Stainforth — then went to look at the castle wall
and entrance gate they are building — a very handsome Massy, castle-style — met Mrs. Henry Stephen Belcombe returning
from calling on me by appointment at 4 — it was only 4 1/4 — returned with her and Miss Belcombe — went with them to
Mrs. Young's to see fashionable hats and caps etc. Mrs. Belcombe there — she had come in too to Mrs. Stainforth
while we were there — shakes hands, and would seem as usual but I, though no stranger might perceive it, am,
though very attentive, yet rather formally so — got home at 5 1/4 — dinner at 5 1/2 — young Parsons at 7 1/4
for 50 minutes dressing my hair to go to the Yorkes' — Dressed like long hair very fairly but not beautifully as
in Paris — went to the Yorkes' (Mr. and Mrs. Duffin went at 8, and I waited a few minutes for Miss Sophia Greenup) at 9 1/4 — met there Mrs. Willey
and Miss Elliott, Mrs. Moseley, the Misses Hutchinson — Talked almost entirely to Miss or Mrs. Yorke — got home at 10 20/60
came to my room at 10 3/4 — fine day, but rain at 9 p.m. and afterwards — my letter to my aunt (vide yesterday) too late last night
went this evening —

Friday 9
6 1/4
11 1/2
No motion then half hour on my knees after my prayers asleep on the bedside — From 8 to 9 25/60 wrote
the last 31 lines of Wednesday and the first 21 of yesterday — down to breakfast at 9 40/60 — Letter 3 ppages and the ends, and a few
lines of crossing from Miss MacLean (Edinburgh or rather ‘Redford, May 7’ — 5 miles from Edinburgh) wishes me to set
off to her as soon as I have spent my week here — the Hunters will be gone, but Miss MacLean and I can
remain a few days at Redford nevertheless — she has said that I will spend 3 weeks at Drumfin —
I am frightened lest you discover me unworthy of the affection you have bestowed on me but
at all events you shall know me as I am as far as I know myself ~ At 12 went to Mrs. Best, and sat quietly talking
till 2 when Mrs. Duffin and Norcliffe came and we all staid near an hour — happening to mention having heard of Norcliffe in Cheshire
from Mrs. Wilbraham this brought on the subject of Lawton — Norcliffe and Mrs. Best joined in unqualified abuse — much of it
about as true of Mr. Charles Lawton as of myself — Norcliffe would call him the monster, having a great curiosity to gaze at him as such,
DateMay 1828
Extent1 page


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